Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica
Asamblea Legislativa de la Republica de Costa Rica
|President||Victor Emilio Granados Calvo|
|Last election||7 February, 2010|
|San Jose, Costa Rica|
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The Legislative Assembly (Spanish: Asamblea Legislativa) is the unicameral legislative branch of the government of Costa Rica. The national congress building is located in the city capital, San José, specifically in El Carmen District in San José Canton.
The Legislative Assembly is composed of 57 deputies (diputados), who are elected by direct, universal, popular vote on a proportional representation basis, by provinces, for four-year terms. A 1949 constitutional amendment prevents deputies from serving for two successive terms; however, a deputy may run again for an Assembly seat after sitting out a term.
Elections were last held on February 2010. The current composition of the National Assembly is as follows:
- National Liberation Party (PLN): 46.91%, 24 seats
- Citizens' Action Party (PAC): 25.06%, 12 seats
- Libertarian Movement Party (PML): 20.92%, 9 seats
- Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC): 3.88%, 6 seats
- Accessibility without Exclusion Party (PASE): 4 seats
- Costa Rican Renovation Party (PRC): 1 seat
- Broad Front (FA) : 1 seat
The Assembly meets in the Edificio Central ("Central Building") located in the city centre of San José. Work began on this building in 1937, with the plan of having it serve as the new presidential palace. Since much of the building materials were imported from Germany and Czechoslovakia, however, the onset of the Second World War put a halt to the project. Work did not recommence until 1957, but by 1958 the legislature was installed and operating in its new premises.